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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: 22 May 2006 01:17:37 BDT
Subject: Asteroid McKenna, New Magazine, Radio, TV, Events, IAA BBQ

Hi all,

1. I forgot to mention that the naming of the asteroid for Martin
McKenna was suggested by John McConnell, who was the first amateur
astronomer in Ireland to have an asteroid named after him: No 9929
McConnell. Martin is also renowned for his legendary eyesight - and if
anyone can discover a comet from Ireland, it's him! He's also doing a
photographic search for novae. And sorry for the typo - Martin was 'IFAS
astronomer of the year' for 2005, not 1995! (I had 1995 in my mind as
the year the asteroid was discovered.) More details on: www.eaas.co.uk


"Astrum Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of a new
printed monthly magazine dedicated to amateur astronomers. Practical
Astronomer is published and printed in England. Practical Astronomer is,
as the title suggests, aimed directly at the world's practising amateur,
and is a more focused approach to this modern evolving arena of
astronomical imaging and observing. The magazine is written for an
English speaking audience and is full colour throughout. It features a
unique appeal to global amateurs.  Practical Astronomer deliberately
sets out to invite and involve all practising amateurs into feeling a
part of this global hobby, and to share and exchange knowledge and
experience for the benefit of all readers. Practical Astronomer will
provide the centre point; the meeting place for all contributing aspects
and faces of the global amateur astronomical community.

Regular features will include: In depth 'how to' articles on image
acquisition, observing techniques, image processing etc. The most
detailed and 'to the point' equipment reviews in existence Regular
articles on 'understanding optics' Meet an amateur - a regular interview
with some of the top amateurs in their field And more

You can read all about it here: www.practicalastronomer.com and
we hope, take up a subscription."

(he first issue, June '6, is already available.)


Mon, 22 May, 7.20pm, BBC4 TV: Time Shift: the British Space Race

Wed, 24 May, 9.00pm, BBC2 TV: Climate Change - David Attenborough asks
if we are changing the Earth. 10.00pm, BBC4 TV: Meltdown - a global
warming journey. 11.00pm, BBC4 TV: Horizon - Global Dimming. 11.55pm,
BBC4 TV: Climate conspiracy or Global catastrophe?

Fri, 26 May, 7.00pm, BBC R4: Time - Michio Kaku on Cosmic Time, repeat

4.EVENT: Wed 24 May, 9.30am - 5.00pm, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh: Armagh
Heritage Day - a free one-day conference to describe and promote the
wealth of Armagh's historic and cultural heritage. Tours available in
the afternoon. Armagh Observatory will be featuring. See

5 Advance notice of the IAA midsummer BBQ, on 24 June, held as usual in
the beautiful and historic grounds of Armagh Obsevatory, courtesy of its
Director, Prof Mark Bailey. We start at about 3 p.m. with some events
(tba), with cooking & eating about 5.30 - 6ish. Admission free - just
'bring your own' eats & drinks. More details later.

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley


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